Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Pyschoanalysis
Routledge, 2008 - 134
Repair of the Soul examines transformation from the perspective of Jewish mysticism and psychoanalysis, addressing the question of how one achieves self-understanding that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change. In this beautifully written and thought-provoking book, Karen Starr draws upon a contemporary relational approach to psychoanalysis to explore the spiritual dimension of psychic change within the context of the psychoanalytic relationship. Influenced by the work of Lewis Aron, Steven Mitchell and other relational theorists, and drawing upon contemporary scholarship in the field of Jewish studies, Starr brings the ideas of the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition, into dialogue with modern psychoanalytic thought. Repair of the Soul provides a scholarly integration of several kabbalistic and psychoanalytic themes relating to transformation, including faith, surrender, authenticity, and mutuality, as well as a unique exploration of the relationship of the individual to the universal. Starr uses the Kabbalah¿s metaphors as a vivid framework with which to illuminate the experience of transformation in psychoanalytic process, and to explore the evolving view of the psychoanalytic relationship as one in which both parties - the analyst as well as the patient - are transformed.
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In the Hasidic tradition , the rebbe serves as both a spiritual and psychological
counselor . The task of the rebbe in counseling is to help the individual seeker to
live up to his unique purpose — in kabbalistic terms , the root of his soul .
His emphasis on the importance of discernment and continual attunement to one
' s “ unique purpose ” and his views on the redemption of evil are clearly rooted in
kabbalistic and Hasidic thinking . Buber ( 1999 ) had much to say about ...
Each interpreter " reflects in himself the whole range of his community , just as his
own interpretation , unique as it is , comprises in some mysterious way the whole
spectrum of interpretations preserved within his community ” ( p . 99 ) .
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Karen E. Starr
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